Part of the nature of the business I am in (animating on movies in Hollywood) is accepting that it's a "feast or famine" career. Either there is so much work you have no life at all or so little work you're not sure where you're next paycheck is coming from...or if it's coming at all. Working in this way means accepting those terms and making it work; the veterans who last in the business simply "find a way" and those who can't or decide they won't take it, leave it.
Part of "finding a way" is getting used to being laid off at regular intervals. When I was just starting out it was a bit nerve-wracking and I see a similar reaction in others who are new as well. Over the years, through experience and sharing stories with others, I've gotten much better at things. If you're in a business where you are unemployed now and then or if you've been working steadily and have just been laid off, here are some things you might want to keep in mind.